Several people were injured after breaking windows and trying to flee to safety when their train was stopped by a bushfire in northeastern Spain on Tuesday. Three passengers reportedly suffered severe burns, including a girl in her 10s.

The incident occurred during a trip from Sagunto to the city of Zaragoza, when the train slowed down, raising fears among passengers that it could catch fire. The driver reportedly stopped the train because it was too dangerous to continue and was preparing to return in the opposite direction, at which point some of its 48 passengers attempted to flee.

“Once they saw that they were surrounded by fire, they got back on the train and several of them had suffered burns,” said a spokesman for the Spanish railway company Renfe, quoted by The Guardian.

Images purporting to show the fire from inside the train have circulated online.

Among the roughly 20 injured were three with serious burns, including a girl of about 10 and a 58-year-old woman, emergency services told local media.

Authorities in Valencia, a region in eastern Spain that has seen major wildfires in recent weeks, say more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to rapidly spreading flames fueled by strong winds and a tidal wave. scorching heat. A fire in the city of Bejis has spread over some 1,900 hectares, while another that continues to burn south in Vall d’Ebo has consumed more than 27,000 hectares of forest.

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